Management Team

David Patterson – MD, FRCP, FRSPH – Founder

Professor David Patterson is Consultant Physician and Cardiologist based at Whittington Health. He is also Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL and the University of London and the only cardiovascular clinician in the UK actively involved in delivering a community focused anticoagulant and stroke prevention service.

David led his clinical department to achieve the Charter Mark over 12 years ago for the cardiology hospital ward and more recently played a lead role in the achievement of the new Customer Service Excellence standard, which was awarded for the hospital in-patient and out-patient services, together with the community delivered services across north central London.

For many years David was a Board member of the Service Development and Organisation (SDO), which is part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). He has also served as a member of the Executive Group of the Central and East London NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network.

His clinical interests include:

  • the prevention of coronary artery disease
  • the use of activity and exercise both in the prevention of, and in the treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • the development of new models of service delivery
  • the clinical governance of a “distributed clinical service”.

Over recent years, in collaboration with CHIME (UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education) David has developed and evaluated clinical information systems, culminating in the clinically useful and secure EHR at the core of the HeliconHeart package.

David chairs The Institute of Sports and Exercise Medicine, a unique multi-professional Charity which helped to create the medical discipline of Sports and Exercise Medicine; it now concentrates on facilitating the development of research in these domains.

David on LinkedIn


Tony Bowden – Chief Executive Officer

Tony was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Helicon Health in May 2015, having advised the Board on Strategy and Business Development for the preceding year.

He has over 30 years leadership experience in the Healthcare and Education technology sectors, during which time he founded and led two early stage businesses in the UK and Europe and acted as Business Development Director for Computer Science Corporation Healthcare division.

He has a wealth of experience in taking healthcare and education technology companies to highly successful exits with multi-national companies such as IBM, CSC and Discovery Communications.

Tony is a Partner at The IT Health Partnership, advising the NHS and suppliers to the NHS and private healthcare sectors in the drive towards joining up digital health and care. His early career was spent at Thorn Software where he developed and ran the London based vertical market division, for which he had full P&L responsibility across Healthcare, Public Sector and Financial Services.

Tony is an angel investor in a number of high growth start-ups. He is passionate about supporting SMEs and promoting their role in driving economic growth and prosperity.

Tony on LinkedIn


Tony Austin – Principal Technical Officer

Tony leads the team developing the software that underpins HeliconHeart and Helicon Health’s other products under development.

Tony has a wealth of experience in translational research. Following a degree in Computer Science at University College London (UCL), he started his career in health informatics in the Clinical Operational Research Unit at UCL, where he did pioneering research on the development of clinical decision support systems. Moving to the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME), he was awarded a PhD for research on the fundamentals of representation and performance of Electronic Healthcare Record systems.

After an initial secondment of several months at the Royal Marsden Hospital, where he helped to develop a web-based replacement for a world-recognised but ageing Clinical Research System (CRS), Tony embarked on a major systems architecture and software development project in electronic health records. This work matured through a succession of EU and Science Council research projects and translational deployments into NHS Trusts. It has contributed significantly to the validity of ongoing theoretical research on electronic health records and to what has become Helicon Health’s unique package of services.


Bridget Coleman – Director – Patient and Clinical Education

Bridget has been a registered pharmacist for 26 years, and in 2012 completed a PhD in self-management of oral anticoagulation in the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) at UCL. She has led the development of the educational and accreditation programme for anticoagulation practitioners in North Central London. She has also successfully set up an oral anticoagulation patient self-monitoring service at Whittington Health. She is Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Whittington Health and her other work interests include the development and evaluation of innovative pharmacy services, and respiratory medicine.

Bridget has worked in oral anticoagulation monitoring services over the last 18 years, and has an interest in patient-centred care, more specifically patient self-care. She has led the development of Helicon Health’s e-learning courses for healthcare practitioners and patients in stroke prevention, atrial fibrillation and anti-coagulation. The intent is to develop a flexible course with several generic components which will apply to many long-term conditions.

Bridget on LinkedIn